MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College won its first volleyball match of the season Wednesday, Aug. 23, with a 3-1 victory over Independence (Kansas) Community College in the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.

With the victory the Lady Norse are 1-1 on the young season while the match was the first for the Lady Pirates.

The Lady Norse remains on their home court at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, for a District 1 match with the Comets from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. Last season the Comets finished with an 11-15 overall record.

“Our practice during the 12 day preseason period actually went very well,” Lady Norse head coach Eric Iverson said. “But, truth be known, I thought we played better against Neosho County Tuesday than we did against Independence.

“Opening night against Neosho County I knew our enthusiasm would be high and that we were facing a very good team,” Iverson said. “Not only was Neosho County very well coached, but they had a lot of size along the front line.

“Then, we turn around and play a really good volleyball team from Independence and were able to get a victory,” Iverson said. “But in both matches I felt like we played well organized.

“Although I thought we were a little bit vanilla in our offensive play, we had confidence in the relationship between our setters and hitters,” Iverson said. “However, that’s to be expected as our offense progresses throughout the year.”

Despite winning the first set, the Lady Norse opened the volleyball season Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Neosho County Community College Panthers in the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center.

With a rally midway through the first set, the Lady Norse earned a 25-22 victory.

The Lady Panthers responded with straight wins of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-19 to capture the best of five matches.

“We’ve got our entire offense installed, but you’ve got to have confidence in your ability to run it,” Iverson said. “But, that confidence is coming and it’s coming fast.

“I think we’re growing and it’s not a concern,” Iverson said. “We just need to be a little more open to running different sets and then we’ll have a little more success as we go along.”